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How is brief psychotic disorder self-diagnosed?

How is brief psychotic disorder self-diagnosed?

It's not: Self diagnosis is a bad idea in general, even for a doctor, but it is impossible for anyone to self-diagnose any type of psychosis. But by definition, a person cannot diagnose him or herself with a psychotic disorder - how can a person simultaneously lose touch with reality yet still be able to discern what is real? ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

Sociopath: Engaging in antisocial behaviors with no regards to safety of others, such as truancy, theft, criminal behaviors. ...Read more

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Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

Significant diff's: People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative symptoms referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced. ...Read more

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How is brief psychotic disorder different from schizophrenia?

How is brief psychotic disorder different from schizophrenia?

Deterioration: Brief psychoses are just that - brief. Psychotic episodes in schizophrenia cause deterioration mentally and lead to diminished functioning over time.That loss does not come back for the most part especially without psychiatric care. Brief psychotic disorders by definition have a beginning and end and don't often cause the kind of functional deterioration that psychosis in schizophrenia does. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizoaffective disorder and full-blown schizophrenia?

Both illnesses: Are "full blown" illnesses! in schizophrenia, psychotic symptoms a predominate. In schizoaffective disorder, both mood and psychotic symptom predominate. ...Read more

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What is the difference between paranoid schizophrenia and paranoid personality disorder?

What is the difference between paranoid schizophrenia and paranoid personality disorder?

Reality: Schizophrenia means a loss of contact with reality. If you read or saw "A beautiful mind" that would be an excellent example of paranoid schizophrenia. A personality disorder does not have this disconnect. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between bipolar disorder and paranoia schizophrenia?

Doctors, what is the difference between bipolar disorder and paranoia schizophrenia?

Mood vs. thoughts: Bipolar is a mood disorder, while schizophrenia is a thought disorder. You can have issues with both, but the predominant symptom or issue, usually implicates the diagnosis. A mental health professional can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more

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Difference between schizotypal , schizoid and schizophrenia?

Difference between schizotypal , schizoid and schizophrenia?

Psychotic or not!: Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality. "schizoid" and "schizotypal" refer to personality disorders (non-psychotic) with symptoms such as detachment from social relationships and other social and interpersonal deficits, beliefs, and experiences. ...Read more

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Difference between schizotypal , schizoid and schizophrenia?

Difference between schizotypal , schizoid and schizophrenia?

Psychosis vs not: Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling psychotic disorder that includes delusions, hallucinations, and sometimes nonsensical speech. Schizoid & schizotypal are both personality disorders, not psychotic, but probably seem odd to others. Schizoid has little interest in relationships & trouble expressing emotion; schizotypal is more odd and eccentric, & has imaginary relationships. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

Is schizophrenia a worse form of depression with psychotic features?

No: Depression with psychotic features is a break with reality that occurs during a severe depression. Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms that significantly impair functioning, are not due to drug use or another mental illness, including depression.Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions (fixed beliefs that aren't true), disorganized speech and behavior, lack of drive and emotion etc. ...Read more

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Heard the term disorganized schizophrenia?

Disorganized schizop: Disorganized schizophrenia or hebephrenic schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia. The hallmarks of disorganized schizophrenia are psychoses; and speech and behavior that are inappropriate and don't make sense. At times it is difficult for them to communicate with others and they may not be able to complete daily activities. Severe form. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

What's the difference between schizoaffective disorders and depression with psychotic features?

Timing: Major depression with psychosis means that the person has no psychotic symptoms when they are not depressed. On the other hand, schizoaffective disorder means the presence of even subtle psychosis between episodes of depression or mania. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?

Personality problems: Psychopath and sociopath describe someone who lies, cheats, steals, exploits others, and has no remorse -- like antisocial personality disorder. Narcissistic pd exploits others too, but they feel entitled and there's not so much lying. Antisocial does it b/c he feels everyone else does it. Borderline pd needs others desperately & falls apart when rejected. Dramatic, unstable, self-injuring. ...Read more

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